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by their own parents.



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More Children Run Over at Home
About 50 children are run over every week

Updated: Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010, 10:24 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010, 10:24 PM CDT

MINNEAPOLIS - Each year, thousands of children are backed over by cars in their driveway or parking lots.

According to safety experts, driveways are becoming an increasingly dangerous place. The nonprofit safety organization KidsandCars.org says statistics show on average 50 children are run over by vehicles every week. 48 of those children go to emergencies room with injuries, and two die.

Erin Peterson with the Minnesota Safety Council says the statistic is alarming. “Nationally about 2, 000 are injured, about 100 are killed each year,” says Peterson.

Peterson uses a rollout mat to demonstrate the blind zone behind various models of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. “Minivans and trucks actually have the largest blind zones behind them. Some blind zones can be as high as 60-70 feet behind a vehicle,” says Peterson. “It's an important time to take a few seconds for safety,” says Peterson.

For more information go to www.kidsandcars.org or http://www.minnesotasafetycouncil.org/home.cfm

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/more-children-run-over-at-home-april-7-2010
 
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I'm not. Unfortunately it happened to my friend's cousin. Father backed up and killed him.
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Holy bananas, don`t people know where their kids are when they are driving?

I`m sorry to hear that Winsor.
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My ma always told me to get out of the driveway while she was backing out.

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Well you don't want to be run over in some stranger's driveway, that would be awkward.

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This reminds me of a story where a friend of mine broke his leg probably playing football.  Someone asked what happened and he was like "I was nappin in the driveway and my mom ran over my leg"

And the little Asian gay kid in front of me was like "OHMYGOD ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?! THAT'S HORRIBLE!"
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My ma always told me to get out of the driveway while she was backing out.

It's odd how young kids, even if told to get out of the driveway, still gravitate towards the moving vehicle as if by some unseen gravitational pull.
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Guess I realized at a young age that 3000+ lb of vehicle > me then.

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My 5 year old hasn't thought that through yet. And I don't want him learning the hard way. Hell, when they're in the 2-4 age range and you're in the front yard with them, you have to watch them closely and make sure they don't run out into the street. Getting run over by a car, or dying are not concepts they understand at that age range.
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If my mom was going to run me over.. it would not have mattered if I was running across the yard and onto the porch. My ass woulda been part of the lawn ornaments.  :holyshit:

On another note, my son is almost 12. I never had my child unattended outside for any reason. And if I had an adult watching him while I went somewhere, I was very selective on who was left in charge. If I'm paying someone to do something, they should be able to see a large mass of person bounding toward a vehicle. Or AT LEAST notice the child they're watching is MISSING...
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My mom always checks the review mirror, especially if she knows there are children outside.
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My mom always checks the review mirror, especially if she knows there are children outside.

If they're close enough, especially in something tall like a SUV, that doesn't really work.

My cousin got run over that way as a kid... ironically, being a SUV it managed to make it easier to hit him and less likely to kill him: it had wider than normal tires, which saved him from having his skull totally caved in.

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